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Accident: 200523389 - Employee'S Foot Is Amputated By Commercial Mower

Accident: 200523389 -- Report ID: 0751910 -- Event Date: 08/21/2002
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30479564409/12/20029512Fayette County Conservation Board
At approximately 2:00 p.m. on August 21, 2002, Employee #1, working alone, was using a Toro 325D commercial rotary mower with a 72 in. mower deck to cut the turf in a rural county park. He was turning while descending an approximately 30 degree slope when his left foot struck the mower blade and was amputated. Rescue personnel found the operator's seat broken free from the machine. Apparently, the seat monitor switch and the vehicle movement detector switch had been defeated, allowing the machine to continue to operate without a driver in the operator's seat. The mower deck was not equipped with a discharge deflector at the point where Employee #1's foot struck the blade.
Keywords: amputated, deadman control, work rules, struck against, steep grade, lawn mower, unmanned, unguarded, foot
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 304795644 Hospitalized injury Amputation Groundskeepers and gardeners, except farm

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